Toronto Roller Derby

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Toronto Roller Derby
League logo
Metro area Toronto, Ontario
Country Canada
Founded 2006
Teams CN Power (WFTDA A team)
Bay Street Bruisers (B team)
Chicks Ahoy!
Death Track Dolls
Gore-Gore Rollergirls
Smoke City Betties
D'VAS (rookie)
Track type(s) Flat
Venue The Bunker at Downsview Park
Affiliations WFTDA Division 1
Org. type Skater Owned
Website http://torontorollerderby.com

Toronto Roller Derby (ToRD), is a women's flat-track roller derby league in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Formed in 2006, the league started play in 2007,[1] and completed its seventh season in 2013.[2][3][4] Operated and managed by its skaters and members,[5] ToRD has four house teams, one rookie team, and two travel teams.

The house league season runs from January through October, with events for ToRD's main travel team "CN Power" scheduled year round.[6] Toronto Roller Derby is a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association, having gained membership in June 2011.[7] In December 2011 ToRD served as host of the inaugural Roller Derby World Cup.[8][9]

House teams[edit]

The league has four house teams, which play against each other at Home events at The Bunker,[10] a former Canadian Armed Forces supply depot,[11] located in Downsview Park:[12][13] Chicks Ahoy!, The Death Track Dolls, The Gore-Gore Rollergirls and the Smoke City Betties.

Chicks Ahoy![edit]

The Chicks Ahoy! feature bright green uniforms with a sailor theme. "The Chicks" appeared in the league final five out of the league's first six years, and were the league champion in 2008, 2011 and 2012.[1][2][14]

Death Track Dolls[edit]

The Death Track Dolls uniforms are white jerseys with red "blood splatter" accents.[15] "The Dolls" won their first league championship in 2013.[16]

Gore-Gore Rollergirls[edit]

The Gore-Gore Rollergirls wear distinctive leopard-print outfits.[17] The only team to have appeared in all of the first six championship bouts, "The Gores" were the winners of the league's first final in 2007[18] and were the first league team to capture back to back titles, winning in 2009 and 2010.[19][20]

The Hangar, former venue for Toronto Roller Derby.

Smoke City Betties[edit]

The Smoke City Betties wear black and blue uniforms[21] and were runner up in the 2009 and 2013 league finals.[16][19]

Championship history[edit]

At the end of every season, Toronto Roller Derby holds playoff bouts, with the two finalists playing for the league championship trophy, known as The Boot.[22]

Season Champion Runner Up Final Score Venue
2007 Gore-Gore Rollergirls Chicks Ahoy! 89–53 Rinx[23]
2008 Chicks Ahoy! Gore-Gore Rollergirls 114–97 George Bell Arena[1]
2009 Gore-Gore Rollergirls Smoke City Betties 129–88 The Hangar[19]
2010 Gore-Gore Rollergirls Chicks Ahoy! 107–31 The Hangar[20]
2011 Chicks Ahoy! Gore-Gore Rollergirls 111–46 The Hangar[14]
2012 Chicks Ahoy! Gore-Gore Rollergirls 196–56 The Bunker[2]
2013 Death Track Dolls Smoke City Betties 258–73 The Bunker[16]
2014 Death Track Dolls Gore-Gore Rollergirls 184-139 The Bunker[24]

D-VAS[edit]

The D-VAS (pronounced diva, and short for Deadly Viper Assassination Squad) is the league's rookie squad, composed of first-year and transfer skaters who have yet to be drafted onto the other four league teams. Two teams from the original group of six in 2007 disbanded before the start of the 2009 season.[3][25] The D-VAS and The Bay Street Bruisers both folded in the Spring of 2009, and the skaters dispersed to the remaining four league teams. This new incarnation of the D-VAS was launched in 2010, and skate against other leagues' emerging talent.

In 2011, the D-VAS split two bouts against Nickel City Roller Derby's Sister Slag squad, with the D-VAS winning the first bout in Toronto 71 to 38,[26] and Nickel City hosting the follow-up bout in June in Sudbury, and taking the win 157 to 36.[27] In July 2011, the D-VAS took second place in the 2 Fresh 2 Furious rookie tournament hosted by the GTA Rollergirls.[28][29] In September 2011, the D-VAS faced off against Guelph's Royal City Roller Girls All-Stars, with Guelph winning, 203 to 42.[13] They wear black and red.[30]

Travel teams[edit]

CN Power[edit]

CN Power team logo

Toronto Roller Derby's charter travel team is named CN Power, playing on the name of the CN Tower, a Toronto landmark. Every year, league members, including transfer skaters who have yet to be drafted to a home team, participate in tryouts, the results of which are used to select CN Power's roster. CN power is, in effect, an "all-star" team. The team colours are pink, silver and white, and CN Power plays home and away games against teams from other cities' leagues.[31] Toronto was originally placed in WFTDA's North Central region,[32] and after the introduction of the Divisions system debuted in Division 2 at 49th overall. By the end of 2013, Toronto had advanced 20 slots to 29th overall, and will compete as a Division 1 team in 2014.[33]

CN Power bouting history[edit]

The charts below itemize all-time results for CN Power in competition.

CN Power WFTDA bouting history 2013-2014
Date Opponent League and City Site Final Score Winner
February 2, 2013 Killamazoo Derby Darlins Killamazoo Derby Darlins – Kalamazoo, MI The Bunker 263–169 CN Power[64]
February 16, 2013 Bomb Squad Fort Wayne Derby Girls – Fort Wayne, IN The Coliseum (Fort Wayne, IN) 266–100 CN Power[65]
February 17, 2013 Tornado Sirens Naptown Roller Girls – Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, IN) 239–96 Naptown[65]
March 23, 2013 Ohio Roller Girls A-Team Ohio Roller Girls – Columbus, OH The Bunker 201–155 Ohio[66]
March 23, 2013 Lake Effect Furies Queen City Roller Girls – Buffalo, NY The Bunker 230–178 CN Power[66]
March 24, 2013 Rideau Valley Vixens Rideau Valley Roller Girls – Ottawa, ON The Bunker 168–155 Rideau Valley[66]
March 30, 2013 Windy City Second Wind Windy City Rollers – Chicago, IL UIC Pavilion (Chicago, IL) 231–179 CN Power[67]
March 31, 2013 Windy City All Stars Windy City Rollers – Chicago, IL Lombard Roller Rink (Chicago, IL) 377–95 Windy City[68]
April 26, 2013 New Skids On The Block Montreal Roller Derby – Montreal, QC Arena St-Louis (Montreal, QC) 210–121 Montreal[69]
May 11, 2013 Black Sheep Cincinnati Rollergirls – Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati Gardens (Cincinnati, OH) 217–188 Cincinnati[70]
June 8, 2013 Flatliners Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls – Bloomington, IN Cardiac Arena (Bloomington, IN) 147–145 CN Power[71]
June 9, 2013 The Dynamite Dolls Demolition City Roller Derby – Evansville, IN Cardiac Arena 234–90 CN Power[72]
August 10, 2013 Brewcity All Stars Brewcity Bruisers – Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Sports Complex (Milwaukee, WI)[73] 301–98 CN Power[74]
September 27, 2013 Sacrificers Sacred City Derby Girls – Sacramento, CA Oregon State Fair Pavilion (Salem, OR)[75] 215–90 CN Power[76]
September 27, 2013 Dirty South Derby Girls Atlanta Rollergirls – Atlanta, GA Oregon State Fair Pavilion (Salem, OR)[75] 219–171 Atlanta[77]
September 28, 2013 Boston Massacre Boston Derby Dames - Boston, MA Oregon State Fair Pavilion (Salem, OR)[75] 204-198 CN Power[78]
September 29, 2013 VRDL All Stars Victorian Roller Derby League - Melbourne, VIC Oregon State Fair Pavilion (Salem, OR)[75] 208-124 Victorian[79]
October 19, 2013 Grand Raggidy All Stars Grand Raggidy Roller Girls - Grand Rapids, MI The Bunker 200-54 CN Power[80]
February 8, 2014 Team Ontario All Stars Team Ontario - Ontario The Bunker 211-152 CN Power[81]
March 16, 2014 Killamazoo Derby Darlins Killamazoo Derby Darlins – Kalamazoo, MI The Bunker 394-92 CN Power[82]
March 22, 2014 Flatliners Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls – Bloomington, IN The Bunker 384-69 CN Power[83]
March 22, 2014 New Skids On The Block Montreal Roller Derby — Montreal, QC The Bunker 233-216 Montreal[84]
March 23, 2014 Ohio Roller Girls A-Team Ohio Roller Girls – Columbus, OH The Bunker 185-172 Ohio[84]
April 12, 2014 London Brawling London Rollergirls - London, UK Guildford Spectrum Leisure Centre (Guildford, UK) 477-41 London[85]
April 13, 2014 Detroit All-Stars Detroit Derby Girls - Detroit, MI Guildford Spectrum Leisure Centre 199-159 Detroit[86]
April 13, 2014 5280 Fight Club Rocky Mountain Rollergirls - Denver, CO Guildford Spectrum Leisure Centre 357-100 Rocky[87]
April 25, 2014 New Skids On The Block Montreal Roller Derby — Montreal, QC Arena St-Louis (Montreal, QC) 218-155 Montreal[88]
May 10, 2014 Steel Hurtin' Steel City Roller Derby - Pittsburgh, PA Romp N Roll - Glenshaw, PA[89] 156-136 Steel City[90]
May 17, 2014 New Jax City Rollers Jacksonville RollerGirls - Jacksonville, FL Allen County War Memorial Coliseum (Ft Wayne, IN)[91] 243-116 Jacksonville[92]
May 18, 2014 Jet City Bombers Jet City Roller Girls - Everett, WA Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 235-86 CN Power[92]
May 18, 2014 Black Sheep Cincinnati Rollergirls – Cincinnati, OH Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 370-83 CN Power[92]
May 24, 2014 Brandywine Belligerents Brandywine Rollergirls - Downington, PA The Bunker 296-90 CN Power[93]
July 12, 2014 Charm City All Stars Charm City Roller Girls - Baltimore, MD The Gardens Ice House (Laurel, MD)[94] 282-146 Charm[95]
August 9, 2014 Music City All Stars Nashville Rollergirls - Nashville, TN Nashville Municipal Auditorium (Nashville, TN)[96] 231-178 CN Power[97]
September 19, 2014 Windy City All Stars Windy City Rollers - Chicago, IL Ford Center (Evansville, IN)[98] 327-80 Windy City[99]
September 20, 2014 Houston All Stars Houston Roller Derby - Houston, TX Ford Center 220-140 CN Power[100]
September 20, 2014 Tent City Terrors Arizona Roller Derby - Phoenix, AZ Ford Center 167-137 Arizona[101]
September 21, 2014 Steel Hurtin' Steel City Roller Derby - Pittsburgh, PA Ford Center 184-170 CN Power[102]

     indicates game result was officially sanctioned by the WFTDA

WFTDA competition[edit]

CN Power, initially representing Toronto in the WFTDA's North Central Region, received their first ranking at the conclusion of the 2011 WFTDA season, and debuted at 17th in the region.[103] At the conclusion of the first quarter of 2012, this ranking had improved to 15th, and after the second quarter, another improvement, to 13th.[103] In 2013, the WFTDA did away with regional rankings, and changed to ranking all member leagues from top to bottom; as of April 2013, Toronto was ranked 49th out of 155 ranked teams overall.[104] In July 2013, it was announced that Toronto had moved 10 spots up in the rankings, to 39th overall, qualifying them for their first appearance in the WFTDA Division 1 playoffs, to be held in September 2013 in Salem, Oregon.[105] On the first day of the tournament, Toronto, seeded 10th in the tournament,[75] upset the 7th-seeded Sacred City Derby Girls in their first bout of the weekend, 215–90.[76] This set up a bout versus the 2nd-seeded Atlanta Rollergirls, who defeated Toronto 219–171.[77] On the Saturday, CN Power upset the 6th-seeded Boston Derby Dames, narrowly defeating them 204-198, and qualified for the bout to determine 5th place on the Sunday,[78] where they fell 208-124 to the All Stars from the Victorian Roller Derby League, ending the tournament with a 6th-place finish.[79] As of March 31, 2014, Toronto was ranked 13th in the WFTDA,[104] making Toronto the highest-ranked team in Canada for the first time.[106]

In 2014, CN Power qualified for the WFTDA playoffs for the second time, with an overall ranking of 23,[104] earning them an appearance at their second consecutive Division 1 playoff tournament, held September 19–21 in Evansville, Indiana.[107] Toronto entered the tournament as the 6th seed,[108] and played their first game of the tournament against the Windy City Rollers of Chicago, losing 327-80, relegating them to the consolation bracket.[99] Toronto then defeated the All Stars of Houston Roller Derby 220-140,[100] lost to Arizona Roller Derby 167-137[101] and defeated Steel City Roller Derby of Pittsburgh, 184-170,[102] to finish the tournament in 7th place.[108]

Rankings[edit]

Season Final ranking[109] Playoffs Championship
2011 17 NC DNQ DNQ
2012 14 NC DNQ DNQ
2013 29 WFTDA 6 D1[75] DNQ

Quad City Chaos[edit]

Montreal's New Skids On The Block vs CN Power, Quad City Chaos Tournament, March 28, 2010

Toronto Roller Derby hosts an invitational tournament called Quad City Chaos each March, bringing in three WFTDA Division 1 leagues' A teams to play CN Power, along with B teams to play the Bay Street Bruisers. In 2014 the leagues were the Ohio Roller Girls from Columbus, Ohio, the Bleeding Heartland Roller Girls from Bloomington, Indiana and Montreal Roller Derby.[110]

Bay Street Bruisers[edit]

The Bay Street Bruisers were one of the original six home teams when the league started play in 2007, but disbanded in early 2009 along with the original D'VAS.[3] In 2011 the Bruisers name was resurrected for a "B team", to be a secondary travel squad in addition to CN Power. In October 2011, it was announced that they intended to start game play in 2012.[3] The Bruisers uniforms are navy blue and gold, and feature a necktie detail, referencing their namesake in Toronto's financial district, Bay Street. On May 20, 2012, The Bruisers played their first interleague bout against the Ohio Roller Girls' B-team, Gang Green, bowing to the Ohio team, 163–109.[111] In July 2012, the Bruisers competed at the Roller Derby Association of Canada's Eastern Region Championship tournament, held in Guelph, Ontario, and finished the tournament in first place, defeating the All Stars from Forest City Derby Girls (London, Ontario) in the final, 163–88.[112] The Bruisers' roster is determined using the same tryout process that determines the CN Power roster.

ToRD in the media[edit]

Toronto Roller Derby skaters play an exhibition bout at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of Whip It, September 13, 2009

Whip It promotion[edit]

During the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, Drew Barrymore's film Whip It had its North American premiere. To help promote the film, Toronto Roller Derby skaters wore "Hurl Scouts" uniforms from the movie,[113] while others from the league held a public exhibition bout at Yonge-Dundas Square, an event which was attended by the stars of the film at halftime, giving Toronto Roller Derby their largest media exposure to date.[114] ToRD's luck in securing the premiere, the legacy of the film festival event, and the film itself, have contributed to larger crowds and greater numbers of women trying out for the league.[115][116]

Rogers TV[edit]

Since 2010, Rogers TV in Toronto has been airing playoff games from the Toronto Roller Derby house league season, beginning with the Championship Bout from November 2010,[117] which was the first time a complete ToRD event was broadcast on local television. Starting in 2011, Rogers property CITY-TV has been providing regular news coverage on CityNews, provided by sports anchor Kathryn Humphreys, as well as Hugh Burrill.[31]

Roller Derby World Cup[edit]

It was announced in early 2011 that Toronto Roller Derby was chosen to host the inaugural Roller Derby World Cup.[22] In early December 2011 the event saw teams representing 13 countries in a four-day tournament held at The Bunker at Downsview Park.[8][118][119] League member Brim Stone, captain of both the Gore-Gore Rollergirls as well as CN Power,[120] was named to Team Canada for the event,[8][121] and was also named co-captain for the team.[122] The event was won by Team USA who defeated Team Canada in the final.[122]

On December 29, 2013, five members of Toronto Roller Derby were announced as having made the 2014 Team Canada roster for the 2014 Roller Derby World Cup, to be held in Dallas, Texas: Bala Reina, Dusty, Dyna Hurtcha, Nasher the Smasher and Rainbow Fight.[123] All five skaters are members of CN Power.

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